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WBC BUSINESS COHORT

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WBC BCP is a year-long cohort that supports new entrepreneurs and existing business who are looking to start and run a successful business. The program also supports existing business owners to grow and expand their business in a 6-month cohort.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION & FAQS

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE COHORT?

WBC-BCP is a year-long cohort that supports new entrepreneurs who are looking to start and run a successful business. The program also supports existing business owners to grow and expand their business in a 6-month cohort.

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?

For new entrepreneurs, and for existing business owners, it is a 6 month long program. Bot that includes 8 courses, 2 hours each that meet once a week for 8 weeks.

NETWORKING & CONSULTATION

Members of either cohort will have access to one-on-one consulting for up to 4 hours, monthly check-ins with cohort members to support their progress, and access to WBC work lab for meetings, presentations, and networking.

EXCLUSIVE BUSINESS RESOURCES

All WBC business cohort members will have first-priority to WBC network grants and loans, access to the WBC work lab, and valuable business resources and materials.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

  • For the cohort, you must be able to complete the term. 

  • Household income of 80% or less of the area median income (AIM)

  • Live in Minneapolis and/or intend to operate a business in North Minneapolis

NEW ENTREPRENEUR COURSES

  • Construct a Business Idea

  • Write an Effective Business Plan

  • Business Finances

  • Develop Product or Service

  • Determine Business Structure

  • Find a Business Platform or Location

  • Create your Work Plan

  • Launch your Business

EXISTING BUSINESS OWNER COURSES

  • Customer Management Systems 

  • Strategic Partnership

  • Acquiring New Customers 

  • Marketing Tools and Support 

  • Real Estate Acquisition 

  • Find a Business Platform or Location

  • Gaining Access to Capital 

  • Legal Support